Honda teased the planned 2024 Prologue electric SUV, which will be the company’s first battery-electric car sold in the United States. The corporation also emphasized its hybrid vehicles as a method to counter criticism that it has been tardy to implement an electric vehicle strategy in comparison to competitors.
The Prologue is going to be the first of 2 vehicles developed jointly by Honda and General Motors that will use the latter’s Ultium battery packs. The name of the other vehicle will be called Acura and will be developed in partnership with GM, but no further details have been released. The Prologue, which will debut on sale in 2024, is the first of Honda’s promised 30 hybrid, fuel-cell vehicles, and battery-electric by 2030.
These electric vehicles will be based on a range of Honda-developed EV designs, some of which will be developed in conjunction with GM. The Honda Prologue and Acura EV will be based on General Motors’ Ultium platform, which also powers the Cadillac Lyriq SUV and Hummer EV pickup truck.
Honda’s other electric vehicles are going to be centered on the Honda E architecture, that will debut in 2026. Honda wants to release a lineup of “cheap” electric vehicles, including a compact SUV, in 2027. These vehicles will be built on a new electric vehicle architecture that it is creating in collaboration with GM.
According to Mamadou Diallo, who is the vice president in charge of the sales for American Honda Motor, the company hopes to sell 60,000 Prologue SUVs in the United States in the year 2024, 70,000 in the year 2025, and 300,000 in the year 2026. In general, the business aims for battery-electric and fuel-cell vehicles to account for 40% of its sales by 2030, 80% by 2035, and 100% by 2040.
The Prologue, as can be seen in the teaser image, is inspired by the popular Honda E city vehicle. The vehicle’s long wheelbase and small overhang, or even the vehicle’s length that stretches beyond the wheelbase, are both highlighted by Honda. The Honda Design Studio based in Los Angeles worked with a Japanese design team to create the Prologue.
“We wanted to make sure Prologue is both a pure Honda EV and something that fits well with the rest of our SUV portfolio in the showroom,” Diallo said. In comparison to other automakers, Honda’s existing electric lineup is somewhat restricted. The Clarity EV was recently discontinued, however, hydrogen as well as plug-in hybrid variants of the vehicle is going to continue to be sold. Furthermore, the Honda E is only sold in Japan and Europe.